Topics: Behavioral health

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A Rural Therapist and School Program Address Teen Mental Health

Carey Meyer (left) and Rebecca Schoenike, adult advisors for Clintonville High School’s Sources of Strength program.


Rural teens face a higher prevalence of behavior problems, anxiety, and suicide rates than their urban peers, but there are fewer behavioral health providers in rural areas to help these teens. A trauma therapist in rural West Virginia and a school program in rural Wisconsin incorporate teenagers’ strengths and interests and connect them with trusted adults in order to improve their mental health.

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January 25, 2023

Telehealth Brings Important Services to Rural Long-Term Care Facilities

Avel eCare’s trained geriatric clinician partnering with a local site through an encounter.


A skilled nursing facility in New Hampshire and national experts share the benefits telehealth services can bring to the residents and staff of rural long-term care facilities as well as the challenges some facilities face in providing these services.

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August 31, 2022

Wiping Away the Tears: Addressing Increasing Death in Rural America

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Rural mortality rates had been improving until recent years when a perfect storm of the opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic converged to reverse these gains. However, federally funded efforts have sought to stem the tide through community, clinical, and policy efforts.

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July 13, 2022

Bringing Mental Health Services to Rural Residents

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A new library initiative in Texas and an established crisis line in Georgia are bringing mental health services directly to rural residents through teams of lay mental health workers and mental health professionals.

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May 4, 2022

Parent Partners Provide Mentoring and Support in Rural Iowa

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Parent Partners is a statewide program in Iowa that pairs families whose children have been removed from the home with mentors with shared experience who have successfully navigated the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) system. These mentors coach, advocate, and connect their clients with community resources.

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March 23, 2022

Technical Assistance Helps Community #SilencetheShameTN

collection of headshots for community members who shared personal stories about behavioral and mental health issues


When Henry County Medical Center (HCMC) and the community of Paris, Tennessee, wanted to combat behavioral and mental health challenges in their community, they used the technical assistance and resources provided by the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) program to address their needs.

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November 24, 2021

Doulas Provide Support for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Communities

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Three programs across rural America demonstrate how doulas improve birth outcomes by providing prenatal, labor, and postpartum support. A New Mexico program reaches American Indian, Hispanic, and other populations who lack nearby labor/delivery units; a Minnesota program works with moms experiencing incarceration; and a North Dakota program is training postpartum doulas who will care for families impacted by opioid use disorder and other substance use.

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October 6, 2021

Creating New Rural Residency Programs: Three Grantees Share Their Stories

Internal medicine residents at Baptist Memorial Hospital.


HRSA’s Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program supports organizations developing new rural residency programs. Three grantees – St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Mississippi, and Sutter Health in California – share what the RRPD grant has allowed them to accomplish so far.

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September 22, 2021